Caitsbooks Reviews The Damned by Renee Ahdieh (4.5 Stars)

The Damned (The Beautiful #2) by Renee Ahdieh – (Review)

Thank you so much to PenguinTeen for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts and opinions are my own. All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change.

Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Damned is a fantastic sequel; expanding on the world and characters, building on the plot, and answering so many of my questions from the first book.

“It is never too late to chase the better version of yourself.”

[ Related: The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh – I’m Obsessed, But Not Everyone Will Be (ARC Review) ]

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Gun Violence, Panic Attacks, Suicide, Murder, PTSD, Racism, Misogyny //

Release Date: 7/7/2020
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 456
Premise:

The Damned is the sequel to The Beautiful, and takes place directly after the events of the first book. I can’t go into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil anything, but if you liked this first book, then you definitely want to pick this one up.

“The higher hatred burns, the more it destroys.”

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Elizabeth Lim Unravel the Dusk Interview

Interview with Elizabeth Lim, Author of Spin The Dawn + Unravel The Dusk

Today, I was lucky enough to have the chance to talk with Elizabeth Lim! She has written four amazing YA books: Reflection, So This is Love, Spin the Dawn, and it’s sequel, Unravel the Dusk.

Keep reading to hear more about Unravel the Dusk, Elizabeth’s other books, writing advice, and more!

Title: Unravel The Dusk
Series: The Blood of Stars #2
Page Count: 368
Publisher: Knopf
Release Date: 7/7/2020
Synopsis:

“The thrilling sequel to SPIN THE DAWN, a magical series steeped in Chinese culture.

Maia Tamarin’s journey to sew the dresses of the sun, the moon and the stars has taken a grievous toll. She returns to a kingdom on the brink of war. The boy she loves is gone, and she is forced to don the dress of the sun and assume the place of the emperor’s bride-to-be to keep the peace.

But the war raging around Maia is nothing compared to the battle within. Ever since she was touched by the demon Bandur, she has been changing . . . glancing in the mirror to see her own eyes glowing red, losing control of her magic, her body, her mind. It’s only a matter of time before Maia loses herself completely, but she will stop at nothing to find Edan, protect her family, and bring lasting peace to her country.

YA fantasy readers will love the sizzling forbidden romance, mystery, and intrigue of UNRAVEL THE DUSK.”

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The Kinder Poison (The Kinder Poison #1) by Natalie Mae – A Quick + Fun Read (ARC Review)

*Thank you so much to Penguin Teen for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!*

Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Kinder Poison surprised me with it’s humor and addictive qualities.

“All good stories start with bad decisions.”

[Related: Review + Giveaway: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown (Blog Tour)]

Release Date: 6/16/2020
Publisher: Razorbill
Page Count: 416
Premise:

The Kinder Poison follows Zahru, a girl who sneaks into the palace to enjoy a celebration, but finds herself chosen to be the human sacrifice, and caught in a dangerous game between the heirs to the throne.

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Party of Two (The Wedding Date #5) by Jasmine Guillory – A New Favorite (ARC Review)

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Berkley Books for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: Party of Two was the exact read I needed. It’s cute and fun, but has true depth.

”Sometimes the only way to get something good is to take a few risks.”

[Related: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – The Perfect Start to Summer (Review) ]

// Content Warning: Racism (Mention) //

Release Date: 6/23/2020
Publisher: Berkley Books
Page Count: 320
Premise:

Party of Two follows Olivia Monroe, a lawyer who moved to L.A. to start her own law firm, and Max Powell, a junior senator. When the two meet, sparks fly, but with Max’s high profile job, and Olivia’s desire to stay out of the spotlight, is what they have special enough to survive?

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Interview with Elle Cosimano, Author of Seasons of the Storm!

Today, I am so excited to share with you a conversation I had with Elle Cosimano. Her new book, Seasons of the Storm, comes out June 23rd!!

Title: Seasons of the Storm
Series: Seasons of the Storm #1
Page Count: 480
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: 6/23/2020
Synopsis:

“One cold, crisp night, Jack Sommers was faced with a choice—live forever according to the ancient, magical rules of Gaia, or die.

Jack chose to live, and in exchange, he became a Winter—an immortal physical embodiment of the season on Earth. Every year, he must hunt the Season who comes before him. Summer kills Spring. Autumn kills Summer. Winter kills Autumn. And Spring kills Winter.

Jack and Fleur, a Winter and a Spring, fall for each other against all odds. To be together, they’ll have to escape the cycle that’s been forcing them apart. But their creator won’t let them go without a fight”

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